Toys Donated to Leicester Children’s Cancer Ward for International Childhood Cancer Day

Leading children’s cancer charity Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) has delivered toys donated by Sainsbury’s customers to young cancer patients in Leicester. The generous donations were made to raise awareness for International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15th 2019.

As well as raising money, customers at the supermarket’s Nuneaton branch have donated 66 new toys to CCLG to give to children at the paediatric oncology unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Team members from the charity and Sainsbury’s branch visited the hospital to personally deliver the gifts and meet with staff and children.

Ashley Gamble, Chief Executive of CCLG, said: “We have been blown away by the generosity of Sainsbury’s customers and we would like to say a big thank you to the store for their continued support. We are delighted to deliver these gifts to young patients and we hope it brings a smile to them and their families.”

Rosie Faulkner, Deputy Sister for Children’s Oncology at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Thank you for your kind donation of toys. The children spend a long time in hospital receiving treatment and having toys and games to play with makes their stay easier and helps to bring some normality to their situation.”

International Childhood Cancer Day brings together a global network of 171 organisations committed to working towards reducing childhood cancer mortality and the elimination of cancer-related pain and suffering.

The Sainsbury’s branch has also donated 105 new and second-hand toys to the paediatric oncology unit at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Branch Manager Steve Wilkinson said: “We’re very happy to support this amazing and worthy charity and we’re delighted to make a difference to young patients.”

CCLG funds and supports research into childhood cancers, and helps young patients and their families with expert information resources. To find out how you can support the charity, visit: https://www.cclg.org.uk/support-us.
To find out more about International Childhood Cancer Day, visit http://www.internationalchildhoodcancerday.org/About.html

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